Carnival captain celebrates 35 years with cruise line

Giovanni Cutugno is living his dream as captain of the Carnival Magic. “My goal always was to be captain of a cruise ship and I love my job,” he said. “I have been with the Magic since she started. She is my baby.” The man from Italy has been with Carnival Cruise Lines an amazing 35 years. “I have been a captain for 23 years,” Cutugno said. “I am Carnival’s most senior captain.” It started on Nov. …

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Carnival shares recipe for popular tiramisu

  ABOARD THE CARNIVAL MAGIC – No wonder I love tiramisu. I knew it had coffee, alcohol and ladyfinger cookies in its delicious blend. But until I attended a cooking class aboard the Carnival Magic, I wasn’t sure of the other ingredients. Every one of them is yummy. After watching the instructor and tasting the scrumptious results, I’m going to try to the recipe when I get home. Might be dangerous now that I know how to …

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Carnival Magic Prime Steakhouse Mushroom Cappuccino

ABOARD THE CARNIVAL MAGIC – If there’s a cooking class on a cruise ship, I try to be there. Not only are ship’s recipes usually delicious, it is also fun to watch a chef prepare a favorite dish. Then I can take the recipe home to try myself. This one I just received on my Carnival Magic cruise. It is for the delectable Mushroom Cappuccino served in the ship’s Prime Steakhouse. The chef said it is easy …

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The end of Carnival Magic Cruise

ABOARD THE CARNIVAL MAGIC – I see a definite pattern here.  In chatting with my cabin attendant Marco Balbuena of Peru, I learned that he has been with Carnival Cruise Lines for 20 years. During an evening cocktail party, Guest Services Manager Marcus Davies of Wales told me he joined Carnival 17 years ago. My dining room team headwaiter and surprise singer Catherine Villareal said she has worked for Carnival seven years. Stopping by my dining table …

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Carnival Magic dazzles with fun recreation

ABOARD THE CARNIVAL MAGIC – It  doesn’t look all that scary. But when you are up there standing on a thin rope with the vast sky overhead and the deep sea beneath, it can be quite exhilarating.  And a bit frightening, I must admit. A first for cruise ships when it was unveiled on the  Carnival Magic, the ropes SkyCourse offers outdoor adventure suspended above deck with spectacular views. Hooked to a safety harness, passengers can participate …

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St. Jude and Carnival

ABOARD THE CARNIVAL MAGIC – On this beautiful day at sea, Payton Stinnett is hugging a new friend, a cuddly teddy bear wearing a Carnival T-shirt.  Although this is her favorite souvenir from the Carnival Magic cruise, the Dallas girl also knows that the stuffed animal her mother just bought is helping raise money for a very worthy cause – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “It’s to help other kids,” Payton explained. Since December 2009, Carnival Cruise …

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Carnival Cruise Lines ‘Ship on a Stick’ a popular prize

The first person eliminated in the musical chairs competition aboard the Carnival Magic won a consolation prize of a miniature model of the ship. The last man standing in the musical chairs also got an award – a miniature model of the ship. “Everyone wins on the Carnival Magic,” cruise director James Dunn explained. “This is a wonderful prize … We call it a ‘Ship on a Stick.’” The gold-colored plastic ship looks like the Magic and …

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Carnival Magic Prime Steakhouse is prime dining

ABOARD THE CARNIVAL MAGIC – Why pay $35 extra to dine in Prime Steakhouse when the food in the other Carnival Magic dining rooms is so great? Because it is worth it. I made a reservation my first full cruising day and ate in Prime Steakhouse that night. I had heard about its excellent reputation and how the 69-seat steakhouse books up quickly. So I wanted to be sure I ate there on this cruise. Although the …

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Carnival Cruise Lines creates popular RedFrog beer

ABOARD THE CARNIVAL MAGIC – He used to live in the forest, soaking up the rain. Now he lives on the Carnival Magic, basking in the sun. That’s the Carnival story about the RedFrog. And they’re sticking to it. In fact, the little tree frog has made himself so at home on the cruise ship that he has his own private label draught beer, custom-brewed specially for Carnival – ThirstyFrog Red. The first pub ever on a …

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Carnival Magic visits the Conch Republic (aka Key West)

Key West – It might have been the shortest naval battle in history. “We declared war on the United States and threw stale Cuban bread at a Navy officer,” guide Robert said. “It lasted for about a minute. Then we surrendered and asked for $1 billion in foreign aid to rebuild. We’re still waiting for that $1 billion.” When the Carnival Magic docked for the day in Key West, many of us climbed aboard a Conch Train …

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